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February 1, 2013

Humane Society International/Canada Offers $1000 Reward for Information Leading to the Conviction of the Persons Responsible for Brutal Seal Killings on Prince Edward Island

Humane Society International/Canada

  • Nursing pups and mother seals, like the ones pictured here, were among the victims of this massacre. Mark Glover/HSI

MONTREAL, Quebec — HSI/Canada is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible for the deaths of more than 50 grey seals in PEI earlier this week. Pierre Yves Daoust of the Atlantic Veterinary College has confirmed that necropsies revealed the seals had severely fractured skulls, and that there is a strong likelihood the seals were bludgeoned.

“It is devastating that these nursing pups and mother seals were beaten in this brutal fashion and left to suffer in agony,” said Rebecca Aldworth, Executive Director of Humane Society International/Canada. “This is criminal cruelty, and the people responsible need to be identified and brought to justice. Humane Society International Canada calls on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the local law enforcement to conduct a rigorous investigation, and we hope our reward will help inspire people to come forward with information.”

Students from the Charlottetown based Atlantic Veterinary College found the dead and dying seals. The group included both young pups and adult seals. Veterinary experts have confirmed that the deaths were likely human caused, and witnesses indicate that DFO staff had to euthanize several wounded pups upon arrival at the scene.

The Marine Mammal Regulations under the Fisheries Act make it an offence to interfere with marine mammals including seals without lawful authority, while Canada’s Criminal Code forbids causing needless suffering to animals.

Those with information on the case can send their reports to info@hsicanada.ca.

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Media Contact: Dean Pogas, 514.395.2914, dpogas@humanesociety.org

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI/Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than eleven million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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